Monday, May 18, 2015

Bayelsa Governor blasts Amaechi, Jang, others;​ wants ​Governors’ Forum election shelved

The Governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson, has lambasted his colleague governors, especially Chibuike Amaechi and Jonah Jang of Rivers and Plateau States respectively, for ”destroying” the governors’ forum.

He tackled the outgoing governors for their role in the crisis that engulfed the forum since 2013, and for attempting to hold fresh elections for new leaders just days before end of their tenures.

Mr. Dickson urged his colleagues to shelve the idea of electing a new set of officials for the Nigeria Governors Forum until after the handover of power on May 29.

The NGF is billed to hold its first meeting as a unified group since 2013 when it split into two after the election of new leaders.

Rivers Governor,Mr. Amaechi, had defeated his Plateau state counterpart, Mr. Jang, by 19 votes to 16, but Mr. Jang refused to accept defeat, alleging irregularities. He subsequently formed a parallel body with his loyalists.

The Director General of the NGF, Ashishana Okauru, informed PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday that the body would meet Monday by 8 p.m. in Abuja to review its activities and elect new officials. 

Mr. Dickson issued a statement on Monday saying holding an election when many of the governors have completed their two terms in office amounts to imposing officials on new governors elected on April 11.

Read the full text of Mr. Dickson’s statement HERE

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